Dan Devine

  • 'Frustrated' or not, LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cavs seem to fit awful well

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, slicing and dicing the NBA's third-stingiest defense to the tune of 111 points, 30 assists on 43 made field goals and 14 3-pointers, rolling up a 29-point lead on the road against the second-best team in the Western Conference. The dominant, leave-no-doubt win — which Grizzlies talismen Tony Allen deemed an "old fashioned beat down" and Zach Randolph said left him with "a sick feeling in [his] stomach" — improved the Cavs to 28-6 since Jan. 15, the day after their famed bowling trip, which marked their second game with a rejuvenated LeBron James rejoining the new-look starting lineup remade via midseason trades by general manager David Griffin.

  • New nickname alert: How Kings rookie Nik Stauskas became 'Sauce Castillo'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    On Tuesday night, away from the prying eyes of most of the NBA world — which is to say, during the broadcast of the matchup between the lottery-bound Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers — something beautiful happened. Luckily for us, Sixers fan/SPIN contributor Andrew Unterberger was there to witness it and relay it to the rest of us:

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    My closed captioning just referred to Nik Stauskas as "Sauce Castillo" and I will never be able to not call him this again

    Deadspin went back and pulled the closed-captioned footage from Tuesday night, and sure enough, the Kings were on that Sauce:

    Being a right-minded individual, I instantly loved the idea of calling Nik Stauskas "Sauce Castillo."

    I felt like it was important to do what I could to make that happen.

    This pleases me.

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  • Timofey Mozgov, backward jersey and all, is a natural commercial pitchman

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    To be honest, I don't even know why a Cleveland-area business would try to get LeBron James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love to appear in its commercials. I mean, Timofey Mozgov is sitting right there , and he is so good at it , especially when "it" includes swatting a plate of food to the ground:

    The full run of the Cleveland Cavaliers' hulking Russian center's dialogue in this ad for The Brew Garden:

    Now, granted, there are a couple of less-than-smooth elements of this production — Mozzy's eyes darting off-camera, presumably to revisit the cue cards, and, of course, the fact that he has to wear his jersey backward so that people know A) he is a basketball player on the local basketball team and B) which player he is — but generally speaking, I think we can agree that this [swats plate of food to the ground] is a slam dunk of a local commercial.

    Hat-tips to Nate Smith and John Krolik.

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  • Tim Duncan wins $100 bet by making rare 3 in Spurs' win over Thunder

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 hrs ago

    Tim Duncan's been an awful lot of things in his illustrious 18-year career — an NBA champion (five times), an All-Star (15 times), the league's Most Valuable Player (two times), the NBA Finals' Most Valuable Player (three times), an All-NBA selection (14 times, including 10 first-team nods), an All-Defensive Team pick (14 times, eight first-team choices) and so much more. One thing he's never been, though, is a floor spacer. Heading into Wednesday's action, the "Big Fundamental" had attempted just 199 3-pointers in 1,553 combined regular-season and postseason games, making 34 of them.

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    Gregg Popovich's club had everything going on Wednesday — sparkling 58 percent shooting, a 13-for-21 mark from the field, 28 assists against just 11 turnovers, seven players in double figures, etc. — to the point where even Duncan cashing in from the corner seemed perfectly reasonable. And, let's be clear, Timmy  did  cash in after that rare triple:

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  • DeAndre Jordan dunks on top of, all over, straight through Jason Smith

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    DeAndre Jordan is one of the NBA's most ferocious dunkers. Jason Smith is not one of the NBA's most fearsome rim protectors.

    This will end in tears:

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    My word , DeAndre.

    Jordan's baptism of Smith was a pretty perfect capper to a first half that saw the skyscraping center call down some thunder on the Knicks early ...

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    ... and often:

    Jordan also saw fit to use his athleticism on the other end, doing his level best to recent Knicks addition Ricky Ledo, as fervent a believer in his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy as Doc Rivers is:

    You know, it's almost like the Clippers are a little bit better than the Knicks.

    After putting in this kind of work, it's no wonder that Jordan felt like he needed a little rest after snuffing out another Knicks possession:

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  • Kevin Hart's failed 'Saturday Night Live' audition featured an Avery Johnson impression

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Auditioning for "Saturday Night Live" sounds pretty nerve-wracking. Here's how Rob Huebel — a fantastic sketch comedian and improviser who trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, starred in MTV's excellent "Human Giant," and has done wonderful work on shows like "The League" and "Transparent" — once described the process: "They try to make it as scary as possible because it’s a live show, and in real life, I’m sure it is terrifying and things do go wrong, so they want you to be prepared."

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    Sure, Avery Johnson isn't the highest-profile NBA player Hart could have picked to impersonate in his audience with Lorne. Then again, Hart deserves some credit for recognizing that:

    • Avery Johnson's voice is pretty funny (as Cedric the Entertainer noted late in "The Original Kings of Comedy"); and

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  • Derrick Rose has no pain in surgically repaired right knee, still plans to return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Friday will mark four weeks since Derrick Rose underwent surgery to remove to the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. After the procedure, the Chicago Bulls laid out a four-to-six-week timetable for their former MVP point guard's return to the court. Rose himself, however, was a bit less definitive on the timeline, saying he would "listen to [his] body" as he rehabbed and that, while he's aiming for a regular-season return, he would come back only when he felt right.

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  • Khris Middleton's buzzer-beating, game-winning 3 gives Bucks huge win over Heat

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Hell, why should the college kids get to have all the fun? How about some pro-style March Madness, courtesy of Khris Middleton?

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    The Milwaukee Bucks entered Tuesday on a six-game losing streak that's dropped them below .500 and into a somewhat precarious position, as several other teams below them in the Eastern Conference standings start to show signs of life in pursuit of their own postseason spot. One of those teams, the Miami Heat, came calling at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with designs on drawing within a mere half-game of the Bucks' No. 6 spot. It took a hellacious fourth-quarter comeback, but Jason Kidd's club was able to fend off their visitors, thanks to one remarkable bit of late-game shotmaking from a dude who'd gone 4-for-16 through the first 47-plus minutes of regulation.

    But we've gotten ahead of ourselves. Let's reset.

    And he did, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat on a night where the Bucks could have packed it in after falling behind 81-65 on a Dragic layup with 9:53 left in the fourth.

  • Michael Carter-Williams throws errant alley-oop pass off the top of the backboard

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    It can be difficult to establish a rapport and a rhythm with new teammates after a in-season trade, especially when you're a young point guard. Sure, some veterans seem to find their way pretty quickly — Goran Dragic's quick acclimation to pairing with Dwyane Wade in the Miami Heat backcourt seems a notable recent example — but when you're still learning the ropes, getting used to a new system and new running buddies can take time, practice and repetition.

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    A month after joining the Milwaukee Bucks, it looks like former Philadelphia 76ers point man Michael Carter-Williams still seems to be working on getting the hang of where his new teammates want the ball on offense:

    I think Jerryd Bayless tends to like the alley-oop a bit lower, MCW. Might want to take a little bit off that one next time. (Then again, maybe there was some moisture on the ball. Maybe a little dew, like in that scene from "Major League: Back to the Minors," which is a reference that everyone can enjoy.)

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  • Thunder lose Andre Roberson for 2 to 3 weeks with sprained right ankle

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    I mean, sure, why not? At this point, if you're the Oklahoma City Thunder, what's another injury amongst friends, right? Pile 'em on!

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    The latest bit of bad news came down on Tuesday evening, prior to Oklahoma City's home tilt against the Los Angeles Lakers:

    Thunder radio voice Matt Pinto just said Andre Roberson is likely out "two to three weeks" with ankle sprain. OKC didn't practice today.

    Yep, that's right — Andre Roberson, who has started 61 of his 62 appearances for the Thunder this season, will miss the next two to three weeks nursing the sprained right ankle he sustained early in Oklahoma City's Sunday victory over the Miami Heat:

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